Bill Leeb, Jeremy Inkel, Chris Peterson and Jared Slingerland
Discography und History:
Always expanding and reconstructing electronic and industrial music to its breaking point while keeping rhythm and melody intact, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY are preparing to unleash the latest chapter in their storied history with the release of IMPROVISED. ELECTRONIC. DEVICE. on June 25, 2010 on Dependent. "I.E.D. is definitely furthering the direction of the band and sound, creatively and artistically," explains founder and mastermind behind FLA, Bill Leeb. "We're finding new ways to make sound."
A hearty and robust album thick with a hybrid of electronics and guitars, I.E.D. takes their trademark sound and beefs it up with metallic guitars and stylized industrial beats. Kicking off with the adrenaline-infused title track, it's apparent that this is a new and improved FLA. "This is the first time in Front Line history that we did a track in a 5/4 signature," explains Bill. "Chris [Peterson, keyboards] was pushing for more diversity, challenging the band to do something different. We wanted this track to be as challenging and complex as the world we live in as there are no easy answers." From the electronic bounce of "Hostage" to the dark metal of "Release" to the ambient and atmospheric closing track, "Downfall," I.E.D. is an album rife with the FLA's brand of intelligent dance music.
The first single "Shifting Through the Lens" is the most danceable track FLA has created in the last decade and came together quite naturally. "Jeremy [Inkel, keyboards] came up with the original sequence for the verse and chorus and, right away, I really liked what I heard," Bill explains. "It really brings together a lot of the different aspects of industrial and electronic that we all like." The inimitable Al Jourgensen (Ministry, Revolting Cocks) guests on the sonic industrial onslaught of "Stupidity," which Bill describes as, "inspired by the Ministry album The Last Sucker. Jeremy was on tour with his other band Left Spine Down supporting RevCo and he get to know Al really well. We're really excited to have him on it!" Adds Jeremy, "Not only did Al agree to do the vocals, but he got his hands dirty with the production and mixed the whole song in his studio in El Paso."
Formed in 1986 when Bill left Skinny Puppy, FLA are still as vital and energetic as ever. With US and European tours planned for Summer and Fall 2010, they're gearing up for their legendary epic live performances. "We're quite excited [to tour]," Bill adds. "We feel we have grown as a band over the last four years. We really feel this new album will sound great live and can't wait to get out there and be creative with it!"